A centrist pre-election coalition has been established in Italy

Before the upcoming Italian parliamentary elections in September, the leaders of the newly formed centrist coalition announced on Thursday, August 11, that they will offer an alternative to the right and left “populists”.

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The snap election, scheduled for September 25, was called after the collapse of the national unity government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi following the refusal of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) to back the cabinet in one of the confidence votes.

The coalition of centrist parties was formed after the liberal party “Azione” (“Action”) unexpectedly announced its withdrawal from the center-left coalition, as it includes parties that refused to support Draghi for one reason or another.

“Today, a serious and pragmatic alternative to the right-wing and left-wing populists that have destroyed the country was born,” after signing an agreement with the liberal party Italia Viva founded by former prime minister Mateo Renzi. Italy“) tweeted the leader of “Azione” Carlo Calenda.

“Italy needs us to avoid the nightmare of populists and return to the dream of good politics,” Renzi writes on Facebook, announcing that Kalenda will be the centrist candidate for the prime minister’s chair.

However, polls show that “Azione” and “Italia Viva” together can currently only hope for 4% of the vote. According to a study published on Tuesday, a coalition of the two centrist parties could win just 23 seats in both houses of parliament, effectively strengthening the right-wing majority.

Polls show that the right-wing coalition consisting of the national conservative party “Fratelli d’Italia” (“Brothers of Italy”) under the leadership of Giorgia Melone, the national conservative “League” led by Mateo Salvini and the conservative party “Forza Italia” represented by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (“Forward , Italy!”), could win an absolute majority in both houses of parliament, winning 245 of the 400 lower house seats and 127 of the 200 senatorial seats.

Meanwhile, the coalition of left-wing parties led by former Prime Minister Enrico Leta and his Democratic Party (PD) can only hope for 107 parliamentary mandates and 51 senatorial seats.

On the other hand, M5S, which is running in the elections without participating in any of the coalitions, only promises 25 seats in the lower house and 12 seats in the Senate.

If the conservatives win, Melone is expected to become the next prime minister of Italy.

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